The Topic: 
Dance


Easier - Dance can mean to move the body with rhythmic steps and motion. Dance can also mean a certain set of steps and motions, usually made in time to music. And a dance can also mean a party at which the people dance.
 
Harder - Dancing is the act of moving the body in rhythm, usually in time to music. It seems natural for people to express themselves through rhythmic movement. Young children jump up and down when they are excited and sway gently when content or at rest.
 
Dancing is both an art form and a form of recreation. Dance as art may tell a story, set a mood, or express an emotion. Some dances consist of symbolic gestures that tell a story completely through movement. As recreation, dancing has long been a people's source of fun, relaxation, and companionship. In earlier times, square dances gave families a welcome chance to socialize. Today dancing at a party or other gathering remains a popular way for people to enjoy themselves and to make new friends.
 
 
BallroomDancers.com
http://www.ballroomdancers.com/
You can use this website to explore the world of ballroom dancing, learn a new step, improve your technique, or ask a question about anything dance-related.
Other Ballroom Dance Websites:
2) Ballroom Dance Steps Illustrated http://nfo.net/.DANCE/dance.html
3) Dance Coach On-line http://www.robertabrams.net/dancecoach/dancecoachhome.html
4) Much Ado About Ballroom Dancing http://OutDancing.com/Ballroom
5) Online Tutorial at DanceTV.com http://www.dancetv.com/tutorial/index.html
6) What You Should Know About Ballroom Dancing Etiquette http://www.dancetv.com/tips/etique.html
 
Folk Dance Association
http://www.folkdancing.org/
This is the website of an organization that aims to provide services and information for folk dancers, folk dance leaders and folk dance groups throughout the United States and Canada.
 
Archives of the Early Lindy Hop (The Original Swing Dance)
http://www.savoystyle.com/ 
Here you can learn how to swing dance. Learn about the history of the Lindy Hop.
Some More Good Swing Dance Sites:
2) Basic Swing Dance Step http://nfo.net/.DANCE/swing.html 
3) Library of Swing Steps http://www.swingcraze.com/ussds/steps.html
4) Sonny Watson's Step Sheets http://www.StreetSwing.com/stepshts.htm
5) Swing Dance Steps http://www.rossmernyk.com/swing.html
6) Swing On!-Track 7: Ask "Dr. Swing Dance"... http://www.swingon.com/AskDr.html#Website Navigation Bar
 
Spotlight Biography: Modern Dance
http://educate.si.edu/spotlight/dance.html
Learn about this history of modern dance and the key people. Also, check out the links.
 
 
After exploring several of the dance websites below, complete one or more of the following dance activities:
 
Write A Dance Short Story. Write a brief story that centers on a dance or dancing. Let it sit a few days, then reread and edit your story. Can you improve it? Did you find any errors? What kind of changes did you make?
 
Create Directions for Ballroom Dancing. Imagine that your best friend has asked for your help in learning how to dance. Develop dance directions to help your best friend learn to dance. Choose a type of dance, write a brief introduction to the type of dance, create a list of steps, and draw a diagram of the dance. Make your dance instructions available to your friends and peers.
 
Draw or Paint A Dance Scene. Create an artwork that shows a dance. It could be a solitary dancer, or feature a couple or group. Display your final work.
 
Make A Dance Instruction Videotape. Select a dance. Then plan out and complete a videotape that instructs someone on how to learn the dance. When the videotape is done, use it in a 'trial run' situation and see if it is effective. Finish the project by writing a journal report; in it summarize by telling what worked best, what did not work, and what you would do differently.
 
Learn A New Dance! Select a new dance and then learn how it's done. In addition to the website links, don't forget that video instruction tapes are available for many dances. See if they are available at your library or maybe at a rental store. You might start by practicing solo and in front of the mirror, then with a partner. Remember to be patient, practice and master the basic moves . . feel the music.
 
Complete a Dance WebQuest. Follow or adapt the procedures found at the following webQuest site: 
1) Moving the Soul by Tevita L. Williams (Grade 9-12)
http://www.memphis-schools.k12.tn.us/admin/tlapages/dance.htm
 
Websites By Kids For Kids
Southern Native American Pow Wows (1966 ThinkQuest Project) 
http://library.thinkquest.org/3081/
This website contains information about the dances, rules, dress, and history of southern Pow Wows.
 
The Ballet 
http://www.the-ballet.com/
The art of ballet is presented here. You can learn about the historical development of the dance through the courts of Europe, read biographies of many well-known dancers, access descriptions of popular ballets, and follow a "day in the life" as a young dancer takes us through his grueling training schedule.
 
More Websites for Dance
Clogging 
http://www.doubletoe.com
This is the website of the 'Double Toe Times,' the magazine of clogging and percussive dance.
 
Cyberdance: Ballet on the Net 
http://www.thepoint.net/~raw/dance.htm
This is a collection of over 3,500 links to classical ballet and modern dance resources on the Internet.
More Ballet Websites:
2) History of Ballet http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/yiannis/dance/history.html
3) Online Ballet Dictionary (American Ballet Theatre) http://www.abt.org/library/dictionary/
 
Absolute Breakdancing Moves 
http://www.scarybubs.com/bboy/moves.html
Learn how to do moves like the windmill, flares, handglide, and masterswipe.
More Breakdancin Websites:
2) Breakdancing Moves http://www.angelfire.com/bc/kuruptcrew/moves.html
3) B-Boying http://www.msu.edu/user/okumurak/styles/breaking.html
4) Article on history of Breakdancing http://www.daveyd.com/breakin.html
5) Breakdancing Heaven http://www.geocities.com/breakdancingheaven/
 
History of Dance 
http://www.centralhome.com/ballroomcountry/history.htm
This website provides a brief history of several types of ballroom dance. The site's aim is to help you understand the similarities as well as the differences of all the social dances
 
Online Cajun/Zydeco Dance Instruction 
http://www.bme.jhu.edu/~jrice/NewFiles/Instruction.html
This page is covers basic Cajun jitterbug footwork and moves.
Other Cajun and Zydeco Dance Instruction Sites:
2) Mamou Jitterbug Dance Instruction http://home.attbi.com/~nateg/mamou_jitterbug_dance.html
3) Dancin' in South Louisiana http://www.tabasco.com/html/music_letsdance.html
4) Tim's Cajun Pages http://www.elstree-online.co.uk/cajun/
 
What Is Contra Dance? 
http://www.sbcds.org/contradance/whatis/
This is a great site with loads of practical applications and information on contra dancing.
Other Contra Dance Sites:
2) Contra Dancing http://www.freewheelers.org/1DancingFool/contra.htm
 
Folk Dance Resources
http://ifdo.pugmarks.com/dancpage.html
This is a links-site to folk dances from around the world.
 
History of American Jazz Dance 
http://dance.edionysus.com/jazz/
Since the 1920s, the term "jazz dance" has been used to describe a constantly evolving form of popular and artistic dance movement. Jazz dance has improvisation and individuality at its core.
More on Jazz Dancing:
2) History of Jazz http://www.centralhome.com/ballroomcountry/jazz.htm
3) Afro-American contributions http://www.theatredance.com/mhist03.html
 
Country & Western Dance
http://www.geocities.com/Nashville/4249/danclink.htm
Here you find directions for lots of country dances.
Related Country Dance Webpages:
2) Let's Dance (Ontario Dance Steps Index) http://www.interlog.com/~rfielder/Steps.html
3) UK Choreographed Dance Database
http://www.cw-dance.bristol-uk.com/Main/Dances.htm
4) Vicki's Country Dance Steps http://somd.com/entertain/vickirader/dance-steps.htm
5) Square and Line Dancing from Texas http://hometown.aol.com/cactusstar/home.htm 
 
Polka (How to Dance) 
http://www.freewheelers.org/1DancingFool/polka.htm
Here are instructions for Polka dancing.
 
Pow Wow Dancing 
http://www.powwows.com/dance/
Here you can find information on Pow Wow Dance styles and other Pow Wow information.
More Websites on Native American Dancing:
2) Origin of PowWow http://www.mts.net/waywayweb/powwow.html
3) Native American: Dances http://sparc5.augustana.edu/library/dances.html
4) Interview with a Pow Wow Dancer http://www.rice.edu/projects/topics/meet-people/powwow/gabe-bullock.htm
 
Schottische (How to Dance) 
http://www.freewheelers.org/1DancingFool/schott.htm
The Schottische is one of the oldest of all dances; it has been called a "combination of two
movements, a polka and a circular hop, the two combined making up a most agreeable variety".
 
Square Dancing
http://www.dosado.com/articles/default.htm
Here is information about square dancing recreation, a type of folk dancing.(Articles, Humor and Misc.)
Related Dance Webpages:
2) Western Square Dance Dancer Terminology http://www.valley-trailers.org/terminology.html
3) What is Square Dancing, Round Dancing, and Clogging? http://www.squaretime.on.ca/what.html
 
Learn Tango Step-By-Step 
http://tangohk.com/learn_tango_step_by_step_%20P1.htm
The most common complaint that is heard from students, especially beginners, is that they have "forgotten the steps" to a particular figure or arrangement.
Related Website:
2) Joining the Tango-L Mailing List http://www.mods.com/austintango/tangol.html
 
Tap Dance Homepage 
http://www.tapdance.org/tap/
This page is a singular source for a world of information about tap dance, includes several bulletin boards, biographies, steps, sources of equipment, videos, books, events, studios, links to more tap sites.
 
Salsaweb 
http://www.salsaweb.com/
This is the home of an online magazine about salsa dancing
 
Websites For Teachers
Dance at Lesson Plan Search (Grade 3-12) 
http://www.lessonplansearch.com/Dance/
Here is a collection of dance lesson plans.
 
Dance Lesson Ideas 
http://pecentral.org/lessonideas/dance/danceindex.asp
These dance/rhythmic lesson ideas may be helpful to those who teach dance and rhythmic movement.
Similar Website
2) Arts Education K-6 Dance Lessons http://www.csuchico.edu/educ/cguenter/ALdance.html
 
Pow Wow (Grade 2-3) 
http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/Byrnes-celebrations/powwow
This is a mini-unit for teaching students about this Native American celebration.
 
Status of Dance in Education (Ask Eric Digest) 
http://www.ed.gov/databases/ERIC_Digests/ed348368.html
This Digest article examines the rationale for dance in education, the status of dance education, and selected issues in dance education.
 
Dance Curriculum Courses (UtahLINK) 
http://www.uen.org/cgi-bin/websql/lessons/query_lp.hts?corearea=104&area=1
Here you find curriculum written to aid the teacher and student to facilitate the learning of dance as an art form. Contains ideas for K through 12 grade levels.
 
Lesson Plan by Reg Lavergne
http://edu-ss10.educ.queensu.ca/~egnatoff/digicurr/native_society/lessons/lesson5.html
Students will develop an understanding of the defining role of rhythm in Native music. Students will also have the opportunity to identify and practice specific rhythms. 
 
Ethnic Folk Dancing: Hungary and Romania (Grade 4-5) 
http://askeric.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Social_Studies/Multicultural_Education/MUL0201.html
The activity may be used in connection with a music or physical education unit on folk dance or folk music.
 
 

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'skim'
brush step
celebrate
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Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 1/99,Updated, 1/01. Update Nancy Smith 9/02